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Downtown Bars Offering Incentives For Designated Drivers

By David Markland
Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, at 09:28AM
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The nice thing about living Downtown is being able to drink Downtown without worrying about needing a safe ride home from a night on the town. Fortunately, for your bridge and tunnel friends, there’s now an incentive to ensure they have a sober driver for the ride home.

Beginning Thursday, over 40 local bars and restaurants will begin offering incentives for the designated drivers as part of “RADD in Downtown LA”. Freebies vary by location, but they include games of pool, French fries, jukebox picks, and, of course, soda-pop. RADD, the organization that tagged the line, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk,” started the program in June, but it will be having its official launch in support of the October Art Walk.

The Edison, which will be hosting a red carpet program launch event on Thursday, is dedicating an entire page of their cocktail menu for non-alcoholic drinks. That night only, designated drivers can have one drink off the menu, on all other nights they will be offered free sodas.

As part of the program, designated drivers at Tony’s Saloon and Seven Grand will be able to play a game of pool for free, while at Casey’s Irish Pub they’ll be able to pick four free tunes from the jukebox. Royal Clayton's English Pub has high tea service for the sober one in your crew, and Wurstkuche will be treating them to a free kline of Belgian fries.

Visit RADD In Downtown LA for a full list of participating businesses and more information.

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